6 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5DX
Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts 6.30pm (inc. wine)
Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the most controversial figures of her day, publishing A Vindication of the Rights of Women, travelling to revolutionary France and living through the Terror, having an illegitimate daughter, and marrying William Godwin before dying in childbed at the age of 38. This talk will explore her fascinating life and how, although often embattled and bitterly disappointed, she never gave up her radical ideas or her belief that courage and honesty would triumph over convention.
Claire Tomalin is an award-winning author of a number of highly acclaimed biographies, including ones on Samuel Pepys, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. A former literary editor of the New Statesman and the Sunday Times, she is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vice-President of the English PEN.